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7 Boozy Desserts

Posted: 12/14/2011 9:46 am

It's the holiday season, which means it's time to kick back, relax and make merry. And what better way to celebrate than combining sweets and alcohol?

Here, then, are seven boozy desserts to get you in the holiday spirit, brought to you by the festive cooks at FOOD52. 'Tis the season - cheers!

Fudgy Bourbon Balls
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I never had a rum ball until I met Merrill. And Merrill knows a good rum ball when she tastes one; she has taught me the finer points of rum ball-dom. A proper rum ball must be dense but moist, and ideally a little gooey. It must sing with booze but shouldn't be too sweet. It should look unpromising and deliver a bang.

It turns out that our friend Melissa Clark has just the recipe for such proper rum balls in her terrific new book "In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite." I tasted them at a recent joint book signing I did with Renato Poliafito and Matt Lewis ("Baked Explorations"), Melissa Vaughan and Michael Harlan Turkell ("The New Brooklyn Cookbook") and Melissa. Barely a soul showed up, so we sat at the long signing table as if we were on a banquette at Balthazar, and dug into samples of the rum balls (a successful signing in my view). What makes Melissa's rum balls peerless is that she uses Nabisco chocolate wafers, and a little honey to sweeten the "dough." - Amanda

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